"Natural Born Days" Tops Roots Music Charts
7-30-13Tommy Malone remains at #1 on the Louisiana Roots Music Radio Charts!!
The Top CDs Being Played on Louisiana Radio are:
1 TOMMY MALONE NATURAL BORN DAYS MC BLUES
2 DAVID EGAN DAVID EGAN PACIFIC ELECTRIC / RHONDA SUE BLUES
3 JASON MARSALIS VIBES QUARTET IN A WORLD OF MALLETS BASIN STREET JAZZ
4 YVETTE LANDRY NO MAN'S LAND SOKO COUNTRY
5 ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD ROYAL SOUTHERN BROTHERHOOD RUF BLUES
6 PETER NOVELLI BAND LOUISIANA ROOTS & BLUES CHALET BLUES
7 LAFAYETTE RHYTHM DEVILS DEVIL ON A STRING SELF ZYDECO
8 DR. JOHN LOCKED DOWN WARNER / NONESUCH BLUES
9 ANDERS OSBORNE THREE FREE AMIGOS ALLIGATOR ROCK
10 HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND CANE SUGAR LOUISIANA RED HOT ROCK
Tommy Malone, "Natural Born Days" June 18On June 18 MC Records release's Tommy Malone's "Natural Born Days." Produced by John Porter (Buddy Guy, Roxy Music, Taj Mahal, The Smiths) "Natural Born Days" tracks one man’s journey through life, suffering through hard times from hurricanes to heartbreak but always finding a way to keep on keeping on. Malone’s songs alternately offer masterful psychological insight, a bulwark against troubles and a lighthearted sense of wonder, all sculpted by his remarkable voice and steadied by an intricate array of guitar textures, rhythmic foundations, fills and solos, from Travis-picking country to deep south electric slide. His writing reveals the same strain of southern R&B that informed such genius songsmiths as Bobby Charles and Dan Penn.
Tommy Malone Signs With MC RecordsNorthport N.Y. - M.C. Records is proud to announce the signing of the lead voice and guitarist of the Subdudes, Tommy Malone. His first solo recording in 12 years is slated for a June release and will feature Tommy's outstanding songwriting, inviting vocals and amazing guitar playing. He will be touring throughout 2013 to promote the new album. READ MORE HERE
Last Recording "SOUL HEAVY"
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The solo debut from the leader of the Subdudes is a study in eclectics, a mixed-genre body of work that ranges from countrified blues to Louisiana funk to comfortable country-rock, with a brief ending flare of free jazz ("Somebody Got Caught," if you're wondering). There's a bit that sounds a lot like Eric Clapton ("Mothers") and a couple of R&B-flavored numbers (the title track and "Hold On," in particular). All in all, it's an impressive showcase for a talent that's been nurtured by a 20-plus-year career. Since Malone cites rock, soul, and country as major influences, the strange brew that is Soul Heavy shouldn't be too surprising, and since he's from New Orleans, the strong swamp inflection here is not unexpected, either. This is a fine example of how musical influences can combine to form a distinctive whole. --Genevieve Williams
NATURAL BORN DAYS REVIEWS
NATURAL BORN DAYS - OFFBEAT MAGAZINE REVIEWNATURAL BORN DAYS - OFFBEAT MAGAZINE REVIEW It’s a crime that Tommy Malone isn’t better known around the world. He is a triple threat—beautiful singer, fine songwriter, and killer guitarist. Most of those talents are showcased on his new disc Natural Born Days. Malone has a fantastic voice. It is soulful and gritty at points, and simply pretty at others. It is an instrument that easily conveys both the rueful and redemptive tone of the songs here. Even though he’s not singing the capital “B” Blues here, he’s singing the blues with shadings and nuance in his vocal lines. The songs here cover a wide range but are never get so far from Malone that they sound awkward. Malone wrote most of the songs here with people he has known or worked with for several decades such as his band mates in the subdudes Johnny Allen and Tim Cook and old friend and drummer Jim Scheurich, so these songs possess a vulnerability that can result from such comfort. Songs such as “Home” and “Distance” have a depth and sensitivity that most songwriters can’t fathom. But it’s not just a ballad-heavy set of songs. There’s a Creedence-like rocker in “Mississippi Bootlegger” and a honky-tonk beat to “Important to Me.” There could have been more of Malone’s excellent guitar work on this disc, but that might have taken away from the emphasis on the songs and vocals. However it pops up with his slide work on “Life Goes On” and a beautiful lead on “God Knows.” Natural Born Days sounds like the Tommy Malone that his fans love and his soon-to-be fans will be happy to get to know.
Like untold others, Tommy Malone has made a living playing the guitar and singing songs for the last 40 years but has never troubled the chart compilers; yet the album sleeve is still littered with photos of a man with a self-satisfied smile and; if this album is anything to judge his career by - those smiles are justified.
Malone has a well worn in voice that is perfect for these grown up songs about life, love and hope in a hopeless world.
On the well crafted chug-a-long rocker album opener; Home, Malone talks about how he feels heading back Home after five years in Tennessee, following Hurricane Katrina. Malone’s sweatshop guitar playing and Jon Cleary’s finest Honky-Tonk piano playing make this a great way to get the party started.
Mississippi Bootlegger could easily be a song-by-numbers, but the band find top gear early on and by the final chugging chords the sweat is virtually running down the listeners back as Malone paints beautiful pictures with words.
Things slow down and get downright funky on the title song Natural Born Days; with Malone forcing the words out over some pretty mean understated guitar playing; making it one of my favourite songs right from the off.
The mood picks up on the cautiously optimistic love song, No Reason which, again is a great song backed by five minutes of a mature band right at the very top of their game, with guitar licks, drum fills and running bass lines slithering in and out like a serpent looking for a virgin.
If I ever get to finance the filming of a James Lee Burke, Dave Robicheaux Detective novel; set in the swamps of Louisiana the bar band in the opening shot will be Tommy Malone and friends rocking the joint with Life Goes On; or perhaps it could be during the final credits; but the point is they go together like biscuits and gravy.
The album finishes with a slow and insightful Word on the Street; which is probably for the best as my pulse was racing far too fast for a man of my age.
Wow! I love discovering new diamonds like Tommy Malone.